Free Events in Portland: March 8–10, 2013

March 6th, 2013

Note: Admission is free for the following events, but you might be charged for activities or food and drink.

Events are sorted by start time.

Saturday, March 9

Guided Nature Walk at Tryon Creek State Natural Area: This week’s theme is “Urban Wildlife.” 11321 SW Terwilliger Blvd, Portland, 10:00 am.

Dark Days Tour: Meet YA authors Dan Wells, Lauren Oliver, Claudia Gray, Debra Driza, and Kiersten White. Talk about their books and get advice on how to get published. Tualatin Public Library (18878 SW Martinazzi Ave, Tualatin), 10:00 am to 12:00 pm.

Vancouver Children’s Festival: Dance performances, martial arts demonstrations, face painting, and more. Westfield Vancouver Mall, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Washington County Museum Free Family Day: A puppet show by Tears of Joy Theatre, crafts, games, and more. Hillsboro Civic Center Plaza Building (120 E Main St, Hillsboro), 10:00 am to 1:00 pm.

Batik for Kids: Try your hand at the traditional art of batik and bring home your own beautiful creation. Sellwood-Moreland Library (7860 SE 13th Ave, Portland), 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm.

“Dinolandia” Puppet Show: Penny’s Puppet Productions tells the story of how one dinosaur family learned to put down their gadgets and spend quality time together. Northwest Library (2300 NW Thurman St, Portland), 3:00 pm to 3:45 pm.

Women in 20th Century Folk, Roots and Blues: American Roots musician Lauren Sheehan weaves songs and stories that celebrate women folk musicians throughout 20th century America. Belmont Library (1038 SE César E. Chávez Blvd, Portland), 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

Sunday, March 10

Portland Opera Preview: “Rinaldo”: This event presents historical background, composer information, and musical selections from Handel’s “Rinaldo.” Central Library (801 SW 10th Ave, Portland), 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm.

Southwest Washington Wind Symphony will perform at 3:00 pm at Union High School Performing Arts Center (6201 NW Friberg-Strunk St, Camas).

“Cascadia Clash”: Sports journalist Geoffrey Arnold talks about his book, a history of the soccer rivalry between the Seattle Sounders and the Portland Timbers. Powell’s City of Books on Burnside, 7:30 pm.

More free events

For more free and low-cost events, check Portland on the Cheap,  PDX Pipeline, Dave Knows Portland, and the Oregonian.

For kids events, check UrbanMamas and PDX Kids Calendar.

For free concerts, see Concert Co-op.

And please check out your local library!

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